Welcome to Chatter-boxes Speech Pathology Services

Did you know that 1 in 7 Australians has a communication difficulty? Being able to communicate well forms the foundation for developing relationships, making friends, learning, problem solving and reading and writing. 

Children who have difficulty communicating may:

  • Have trouble following instructions
  • Find it difficult to express their thoughts and ideas easily
  • Use the wrong sounds when they are talking or may not be able to make sounds
  • Stutter
  • Have difficulty learning to read
  • Have trouble spelling
  • Have developmental, neurological or medical issues such as ASD, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy
  • Have difficulty playing games with other children

Chatter-boxes Speech Pathology was established here on the Sunshine Coast in 2002 and has provided high quality, evidence based care for children and their families, community screening, kindy talks and mentoring in that time.  We have become the first port of call for many parents, medical professionals and educators looking for child-development and family support services.

Our office has EFTPOS and HICAPS facilities.

We are registered with most Private Health Funds, have Helping Children with Autism Funding, Better Start Funding, Helping Indigenous Children Funding and Enhanced Primary Care Plans. For more information on these programs please call our office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How long will my child need speech therapy for?

Answer: As each child is an individual, it is hard to answer this question until the assessment has been completed. Most children require a minimum of six sessions. However depending on the disorder, its severity, the amount of homework you do and your child's motivation to learn, the number of sessions will vary.
 

Question: What does speech pathology involve?

Answer: The first thing that needs to be done is an assessment. An assessment specific to your child's needs will be chosen and administered during the first session. From there your therapist will discuss therapy goals with you and develop an individualized program for your child.
 

Question: Sometimes my child is shy and won't talk to new people. What happens then?

Answer: We have a wide range of interesting and irresistible toys we use in our sessions. While it may take some children 5 or 10minutes to "warm-up" we are usually able to entice them to talk and build a relationship with them by the end of the first session. Most kids don't want to go home.

Developmental guidelines:

Sometimes it's hard to tell whether your child's speech and language skills are developing appropriately. Follow this link to a PDF containing our developmental checklists. Please note this should be used as a guide only. If you have any concerns or questions for specific advice, please contact us.